Ricoh GR Digital IV Review

Overall 43
Imaging 9
Features 31
Size 85
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/1.7" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 109 x 59 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 190 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Ricoh GR Digital III. Compare
  • Replaced by Ricoh GR. Compare

Ricoh GR Digital IV Summary

This review is devoted to GR Digital IV that Ricoh has first introduced to the public in Sep 15, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Ricoh developed this model to replace their older product GR Digital III and, after some time, Ricoh has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one GR Digital III. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Ricoh GR Digital IV vs. GR
Ricoh GR Digital IV vs. GR Digital III

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #247 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #593 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Ricoh GR Digital IV Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Ricoh GR Digital IV review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.9
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: Optical (optional)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Battery Life: 390 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Ricoh GR Digital IV With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Ricoh GR Digital IV. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Ricoh GR Digital IV

Ricoh GR Digital IV has the following external dimensions 109 x 109 x 33 mm (42.91 x 23.23 x 12.99″) with the weight of 190 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Ricoh GR Digital IV, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Ricoh GR Digital IV is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 33mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Ricoh GR Digital IV with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Ricoh GR Digital IV is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Ricoh GR Digital IV compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Ricoh GR Digital IV — 390 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Ricoh GR Digital IV — 33 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Ricoh GR Digital IV — 190 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Ricoh GR Digital IV comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Ricoh GR Digital IV comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Ricoh GR Digital IV Photo and Sensor Features

Ricoh GR Digital IV boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Ricoh GR Digital IV has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Ricoh GR Digital IV features a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Ricoh GR Digital IV is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Ricoh GR Digital IV with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Ricoh GR Digital IV

LCD and ViewFinder

Ricoh GR Digital IV is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (optional) ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Ricoh GR Digital IV are its fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

GR Digital IV features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Ricoh GR Digital IV, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Ricoh GR Digital IV allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Ricoh GR Digital IV is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect GR Digital IV to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Ricoh GR Digital IV provides a shooting life of 390, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Ricoh GR Digital IV offers the highest battery life that reaches 390 shots.

How Good is Ricoh GR Digital IV for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Ricoh GR Digital IV’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Ricoh GR Digital IV’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the GR Digital IV to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Ricoh GR Digital IV for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR Digital IV performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 23. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR Digital IV can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Ricoh GR Digital IV for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR Digital IV performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR Digital IV can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (109 x 59 x 33 mm)
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7"(7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Ricoh GR Digital IV for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR Digital IV performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR Digital IV can be called a 62 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (390 shots)
  • Small size (109 x 59 x 33 mm)

Ricoh GR Digital IV for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR Digital IV performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 32. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR Digital IV can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (190 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Ricoh GR Digital IV for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR Digital IV performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR Digital IV can be called a 58 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Ricoh GR Digital IV Detailed Specs

General
Brand Ricoh
Model GR Digital IV
Announced Sep 15, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (optional)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 1 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Sensor Dimensions 7.44 x 5.58 mm
Sensor Area 41.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 190 g
Physical Dimensions 109 x 59 x 33 mm
Battery Life 390 shots
Battery Type 390 shots
Battery Model DB65
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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